TARPON SPRINGS - The Tarpon Springs City Commission approved the construction bid for a temporary fire rescue station with a unanimous vote at the June 3 City Commission meeting.
The new station, which Fire Chief Richard Butcher said could serve for “a couple of years or whatever we need,” will allow the department to better serve the north side of the Anclote River, which has long been a problem for the fire rescue department.
TARPON SPRINGS - Sidewalk lighting plans, designated as the first step in the revamped sponge dock improvement project, are almost ready to go before the Tarpon Springs City Commission for final approval.
During two public meetings, City Manager Mark LeCouris and Kathleen Monahan, director of cultural and civic services, met with residents to hear opinions on street lighting for Dodecanese Boulevard.
TARPON SPRINGS - Last year, developer D.R. Horton was met with animosity when he went before the Tarpon Springs City Commission with a plan to build 51 houses in the Bayshore Heights subdivision along Bayshore Drive, a plan that would have added nine lots into the area that was zoned for 42 homes.
With a 3-2 vote, the commission denied Horton’s proposal to change the property’s zoning code (Commissioners Townsend Tarapani, David Banther and Jeff Larsen voted against allowing more homes while Mayor David Archie and then-Vice Mayor Susan Slattery voted in favor), and residents left pleased that traffic, flooding and environmental concerns were no longer an issue.
TARPON SPRINGS - In November, residents will vote on, among other issues, the fate of public transportation in Pinellas County.
The Greenlight Pinellas plan, to be voted on during a referendum on Nov. 4, would be funded by a 1 percent sales tax, replacing the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s cut of the property tax currently paid by Pinellas homeowners; the county’s sales tax will increase from its current rate of 7 percent to 8 percent. If it passes, the plan calls for more frequent bus routes, longer hours and a 24-mile light rail from Clearwater from St. Petersburg to be opened by 2024.
TARPON SPRINGS - On June 2, the National Park Service added the Tarpon Springs Greektown Historic District in Pinellas County to the Register of Historic Places - the state’s first Traditional Cultural Property listing.
The district had previously been deemed eligible for listing on the National Register by Florida National Register Review Board on Feb. 21.
Since 1905, when Greeks first arrived in large numbers, the area has been significant for its tenacious continuity of traditional culture, extensive Greek infrastructure, and as the only Greek American community based on the sponge industry.
TARPON SPRINGS - A new grant opportunity from The United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and Bureau of Justice Assistance would help the Tarpon Springs Police Department fund the Community Officers in Public Schools Program (COPS) and prevention and education programs conducted by patrol officers and School Resource Officers on campus.
Tarpon Springs is eligible for $10,604 from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant; funds, available over two years, can only be awarded to a local government that performs law enforcement functions. Money can be used for law enforcement programs and prevention and education programs.
At the elementary school level, the COPS program puts officers in the classrooms of about 20 teachers from kindergarten to second grade once a month to speak to nearly 400 students about crime prevention and personal safety. Officers teach students about seat belt safety, safety on wheels (including helmet use), gun safety, violence prevention (both in-person and online), abduction prevention, Internet safety and water safety. TSPD also provides helmets for students who cannot afford them, as identified by school guidance counselors.
TARPON SPRINGS - The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art will celebrate Tarpon Springs Day on June 21 with free admission for all Tarpon Springs residents.
Any resident with a current Tarpon Springs ID can enter the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for special exhibits honoring the city. Docent tours will also be offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
An Arts Legacy: George Inness Jr. in Tarpon Springs: George Inness Jr. (1853-1926), who painted in Tarpon Springs at various points in his career, has had a profound impact on this community. A visit to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs to see the 10 religious paintings created by Inness Jr. has been a pilgrimage of cultural and religious tourism for nearly a century. Several paintings from the UUC and significant works from the Cici and Hyatt Brown collection are on display.
TARPON SPRINGS - A New Port Richey woman suffered non-life threatening injuries after the personal water craft she was riding crashed into a pontoon boat about 4:37 p.m. Sunday, June 15, about 1/2 mile south of Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs.
According to Marine Unit deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Alisha Pearson-Garvey, 31, of New Port Richey suffered facial injuries when the personal watercraft she was operating crashed into the pontoon boat.
Deputies said she turned a hard right in front of the pontoon and crashed head-on into the vessel.
Community memorial service SEMINOLE – A community memorial service will be presented Thursday, July 24, 6 p.m., at Chapel on the Hill, 12601 Park Blvd.
Chapel on the Hill will join with Suncoast Hospice to host this service. The service is open to any and all bereaved members of the community and is not grounded to a particular faith. Anyone who has lost a loved one with Suncoast Hospice is invited to attend.
The service will last about 45 minutes and consist of music, inspirational readings, a reflection on a theme and a “reading of names” of those who have died and are being remembered.
Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. Those interested in attending are asked to call the church office at 391-2919 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garden Help Desk ST. PETERSBURG – The Weedon Island Lawn and Garden Help Desk will be offered Friday, July 11; and Thursdays, July 17 and 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve,
1800 Weedon Drive NE.
Aspiring and master gardeners alike can come and get solutions for all types of questions concerning garden, lawn, and landscape care. The help desk is free.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
Learn at Lunch forum:The Affordable Care Act and You SOUTH PASADENA – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce plans a Learn at Lunch forum titled “The Affordable Care Act and You” Thursday, July 24, 11:30 a.m., at the Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, 1255 Pasadena Ave.
Health Markets Insurance Agency will facilitate the program.
The cost is $15 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers.
To reserve a seat, call Jennifer McKenney at 360-6957.
Meet your Representative for Coffee LARGO – State Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, will be hosting a “Meet your Representative for Coffee” event Thursday, July 24, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at St. Pete Bagel, 11987 Indian Rocks Road.
Residents are invited to ask questions and present concerns to Ahern over coffee. Ahern represents District 66, which covers the west-central part of Pinellas County, including parts of Clearwater, Largo, Indian Shores and Seminole.
Ahern’s local office is at 8383 Seminole Blvd., suite B. For more information, call 395-2512.
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road.
Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders.
For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
Connections @ Park Station
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts Connections @ Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Room 101, a free networking event, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 8:30 a.m.
Contact Carl Lucchi at 458-7863 for more information.
Scottish American Society social gatherings Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.
The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.